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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 18, 2010 6:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pigpen's would-have-been later career

Oh yeah, why he left... Yes, that's been covered pretty much everywhere.
What interests me is the delayed reaction on Mickey's part... His dad stole their funds and bolted in Feb/March '70, but Mickey soldiered on til Feb '71, when the guilt suddenly became too much for him... So maybe there was a hidden second reason to leave that came up.
(Once Bill K was asked why Mickey left, and Bill just said there were complicated personal reasons and wouldn't discuss them, which seemed to me like maybe there was something else going on too, considering Lenny's a matter of public record.)

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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 19, 2010 6:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pigpen's would-have-been later career

Exactly. It was the perhaps 'hidden second reason' I was groping for here.
I'm not sure you play the first of several consecutive Capitol Theatre gigs on 2/18... *then* bolt for Long Island ...'cause of something your Dad did a *year* earlier. Nor do you necessarilly need to sleep for a week as a result, etc. etc.

He refers to himself as 'unbalanced' at that time in the quote excerpted below from his Drumming on the Edge book, and that he was doing an 'atonement' while away. Add to this mix your Bill K anecdote (and interpretation of same) ... and I think I found what I was looking for. Or at least as much as is out there. Thank you.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 19, 2010 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pigpen's would-have-been later career

"We'll probably never know the true extent of the psychic damage Lenny's grand larceny had on his son, but it's probably not a coincidence that at the end of 1970 Mickey dropped out of the group for the next five years. 'Mickey was dismayed,' Garcia said. 'He's never expected anything like that, of course. He knew his father had been into shady trips before, but he thought he was reformed just like we all did. He was really shocked, and he was right with us about our decision to get rid of Lenny.'

"In retrospect, it's remarkable the Dead could keep their minds on playing music during this weird time, but as Mickey himself pointed out, the band's business problems were a distraction, 'only when we came off the road. Not when we were out there, certainly, because we were flyin'. When the music's going, all is well. When the music stops and you come home, that's when art meets reality.'"

Blair Jackson - Garcia: An American Life